Peppermint Candy Trays – and fluted bowls too!

Ok, so I am pretty happy with the outcome of this project I did. I made a tray and a bowl out of peppermint candies!  It is SO easy!  I know I’m going to make more, it’s addictive.  But, I just had to show you this neat little craft.

All you need is peppermint candies of your color choice, and parchment paper.  I used both green and red – you could also use the same color.

Just line up the candies in whatever pattern and shape of your choosing on a parchment paper lined baking sheet.  Separate them just a tad, as shown.  

Bake it in an oven preheated to 350 degrees for about 7-10 minutes.  Remove and set it on a wire baking rack to cool for a few minutes.

Make sure you watch that time!!  You do not want it to over cook it. Refer to the photo below & don’t repeat my mistake!

After a few minutes, carefully remove the parchment paper.  Remember, these are fragile.  Don’t get upset if all of it doesn’t come off – you aren’t going to be looking at the backside.  Let the tray cool at room temperature for a couple hours.  Do NOT place in the fridge to get it to cool faster – it will crack. I learned this the hard way.

When it has cooled for several hours, it is ready to use.  It should not be sticky – it should dry to be smooth & glossy.  Do not use it to serve hot substances on.  Stick with things like fudge, cookies, candy, and such.  There should not be any flavor of the candies on the food.

You can also try your hand at making a bowl.  I made a small fluted edge candy dish.  My ends were just starting to cook for too long, but since it had just started, it kind of gave the edges a stained glass look.  

Or so I tell myself. 

To make a bowl, after it has cooled for a few minutes – set the candy inside of a bowl with the parchment paper still attached.  Using a dishtowel, press down very gently to form the shape of a bowl.  If it hangs off the edge of the bowl a little, it will form a fluted edge.  Remember now – gentle!

This is a great little craft to make with the kiddos too.  If at first you don’t succeed, try again – and remember, timing & gentleness is everything!  

Peppermint Candy Tray